A stunned Hartlepool teenager is still coming to terms with winning one of the most prestigious titles in the dance world.
Demmileigh Foster, 18, from Hartlepool is the new Miss Dance of Great Britain.
She said: “It is crazy. It was the most surreal moment of my life.”
Demmileigh is a student of the Nadine’s Academy of Dance, based in Hartlepool, and has twice before reached the semi-finals of the prestigious competition.
But this time, she beat all 70 finalists to be crowned national champion.
Miss Dance of Great Britain is a long running competition for girls, established and organised by the International Dance Teachers Association.
I didn’t expect to win Miss Dance of Great Britain at all. This is the biggest of the biggest competitions and I have grown up knowing how big this one is. It is amazing. I never thought it would be me who would winDemmileigh Foster
The finals are held each year at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool - and the only people allowed to compete in the grand finals are the top dancers who win heats around the country.
And there was even better news for Nadine’s Academy as another of her students, Bethany Hall, also reached the national finals.
Demmileigh is believed to be the first person from Hartlepool to take the title of Miss Dance of Great Britain, and only the third in the North East to win it.
Demmileigh, from the Dyke House area of town, is now studying at the prestigious Urdang Academy in London.
She said: “I didn’t expect to win Miss Dance of Great Britain at all.
“This is the biggest of the biggest competitions and I have grown up knowing how big this one is. It is amazing. I never thought it would be me who would win.”
Demmileigh had to battle through three rounds of competition to be crowned the winner.
She said 70 dancers were eventually whittled down to six before she was unveiled as the champion. Demmileigh is no stranger to success.
Her previous successes have included being crowned British Tap Champion, British Song and dance champion and All England Modern champion.
She has also previously won a Teesside sports achievement award for her dancing. Previously, she has told of her aim to eventually go on stage in the West End and in New York.